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Issues in World Politics

45-160 (1) - 2001 Winter Session

Dr. Michael Dartnell
Department of Political Science,
University of Windsor

Fall 2000


Tues and Thurs: 11h30-12h50.
Classroom: G133, Chrysler North.
Office: 1156 Chrysler North, Department of Political Science
Office hrs.: Tues. 13h-14h, Wed. 12h-14h, and Thurs. 13h-14h.
Telephone: 253-3000 (xtn. 2361) (office), 739-1979 (home).
E-Mail: mdartne@uwindsor.ca
Webpage: Online Resource Guide to Political Inquiry


An examination of competing perspectives on international relations and of such critical themes as power, security, war and violence, imperialism, nationalism and the state, interdependence, development and underdevelopment, human rights and democracy, migration, environmental concerns and the quest for a new world order. A central focus will be the multiple processes that are altering international relations today. The notion of globalization and the historical framework of current international relations will be discussed as the context in which these processes occur.


Course goals: What can an introduction to international relations do for you?

Course goals are divided into two parts. The first part provides an introductory overview of international relations. To achieve this, the course is divided into sections on basic concepts, influences, institutions and the processes. The aim is to critically introduce international relations as a field within political science. In this sense, the course material is not geared to problem-solving or advocating a specific point of view. The second and equally important part is skills development. Assignments emphasize different targets: organizational abilities, synthetic, analytical and critical thinking, writing skills, listening skills, initiative, and leadership.

No single university course can completely achieve either set of goals. Rather, university education aims to provide solid tools for individual development, personal enrichment and pursuit of excellence throughout lives and careers. The course is intended to be a context in which students build the bases for intellectual inquiry, self-expression and skill development in a highly competitive world. University study is a great privilege and opportunity for reflection and ideally provides space in which to hope and envisage a better future. To this end, debate and commentary are welcome and encouraged. At the same time, taking positions on potentially controversial subjects opens individuals to reaction and criticism and necessitates careful reflection as to the impact of words.


Grade Distribution

In general, "A" grades indicate excellent work, superior knowledge of a subject area or outstanding presentation of material (i.e.: fully researched, strong grasp of subject matter and articulate critical perspective). "B" indicates high or very good level of performance with room to improve in some or all areas. "C" indicates adequate performance and need to improve. "D" indicates poor performance, inadequate knowledge, substandard presentation and need to urgently attend to course materials. "F" is failure and applies to non-completion of assignments or entirely inadequate performance. "A" and "F" are rare since entirely excellent or disastrous performances are difficult to achieve. In all assignments, the goal is excellence. Achieving excellence is demonstrating knowledge of area literature, using terms and concepts introduced in the course, articulating a substantively critical perspective, and strong oral and written expression.


Participation and Attendance

A portion of your grade (10%) has been set aside for participation and attendance. Participation means that you attend class and follow discussion. If you show up late for class and attendance has already been taken, you will not be given credit for that period.

If you miss a class and want credit for the period, you must provide a note from your doctor, health services or another appropriate person explaining your absence. Failing this, you will not receive marks for the class.


Quizzes and Exams

Quizzes and exams are an opportunity to express your understanding of course material in writing and to articulate a perspective. They will focus on terms and concepts used in class and in readings. Exams will emphasize essay-type responses. The quizzes have a short-answer format. They aim to provide early feedback and an idea of what to expect on exams. No quiz or exam will try to "trick" you by focusing on non-central material, but may prove difficult if you are not doing the readings. Do not assume that a concept or term will not be on an exam or quiz if it is not covered in class. The quiz schedule is as follows:

During the term, expectations for exams will become clear.

The in-class mid-term exam will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001.

The final exam will be written during the Christmas exam period.


Global Issue Paper

The purpose of the paper is to examine how international relations addresses or manages specific global problems. The problem or issue selected should be significant enough to directly or indirectly affect the lives of a significant number of people. An example of such an issue is migration. One way in which Canadians hear about global migration through reports on how groups of people try to illegally enter the country. This focus tends to play our own sense of nationalism and "fair-play", but ignores the broader issues. A paper could examine these issues as they pertain to Canada or another country.

Skills development is central to this assignment. The paper must be written in proper academic style. An important portion of your paper grade will be based on writing and grammar as well as proper citation of sources. If you do not know how to properly cite a book or article, please refer to a style guide. No style specific style guide need be used for this course so long as grammar and citation are consistent.

In writing the paper, you should examine the issue that you chose from the point of view of international relations and be sure the final version includes the following:

  • the problem - what global issue is involved? Why is it a problem? How is IR involved in the issue?

  • the solution - what are the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions? What course of action should be taken? Why?

  • bibliography - a minimum of four book-length or journal sources.


    At least four book or journal sources should be used in the paper. You should attempt to read as widely as you are able on the issue so as to understand the various perspectives on it. Books and articles from academic sources are the best source of information. Respected newspapers such as The Globe and Mail or The New York Times are also good sources. The Economist is an excellent source of information. Popular magazines such as Maclean's, Time or Newsweek sometimes provide useful background information, but are not acceptable as main sources of information or opinion. Web sources are acceptable, but not as substitutes for either book or journal sources. Students wishing to use a Website should look read "Thinking Critically about Discipline-Based World Wide Web Resources" (Esther Grassian, UCLA College Library) to decide if it is appropriate. Using proper electronic citation formats is also required and will affect your grade. If you do not know how to cite an electronic source, please refer to "Longman English Online Citation Guides".

    Length of assignment: 5 double-spaced, type-written pages.

    Paper due - Tuesday, March 20, 2001.

    NB.: No late papers will be accepted.



    Texts and Readings

    There are two required texts available in the bookstore:

  • David Held, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt and Jonathan Perraton, Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture, Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1999.
  • Stanley Hoffman, World Disorders: Troubled Peace in the Post-Cold War Era, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

    Other readings in the outline are required unless otherwise indicated. These readings are on reserve in the library.

    Additional readings may be added during the term.

    Given the fast pace of global change, studying international relations means keeping up with current events. A highly effective way to keep informed is through using Internet media. A select list of media is available on the "Online Resource Guide to Political Inquiry" . For enrichment during the course, students might monitor some sites listed below.

  • BBC News.
  • CBC Newsworld Online.
  • The Financial Times.
  • France 2.
  • The Globe and Mail.
  • The Guardian and Observer.
  • Irish Times.
  • Jane's Information Group.
  • Libération.
  • Le Monde.
  • The New York Times.
  • Radio-Canada.
  • The Times (London).
  • Wall Street Journal.

    Remember: mdartne@uwindsor.ca is a fast and effective way to get in touch with me.





    Section 1: Introduction - The new political world

    Hoffmann, Introduction and chaps. 1-3, pp. 1-53.

    Online Resource Guide to Political Inquiry.

    Section 2: Globalization and international relations

    Held, Introduction, pp. 1-31.
    Hoffmann, chaps. 4-5, pp. 54-86.


  • British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
  • Canadian Department Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
  • The European Union (EU) Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
  • French Foreign Ministry (Ministère des Affaires étrangères).
  • German Federal Foreign Office.
  • US Department of State.

    Section 3: The state and a world of troubles

    Held, chap. 1, pp. 32-86.
    Hoffmann, chap. 6, pp. 89-107.


  • "Bush faces a different Russia" The Guardian, Tuesday January 23, 2001.


  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • EU institutions: European Parliament, Council of the EU, European Commission, and Court of Justice.
  • NAFTA Secretariat.
  • United Nations (EU) and its institutions: Security Council, Secretary General, General Assembly, UN Dag Hammerskjold Library and UN Documentation - Research Guide.

    Section 4: Global violence

    Held, chap. 2, pp. 87-148.
    Hoffmann, chap. 7, pp. 108-122.


  • Taleban Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.
  • Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM).
  • NATO.
  • National Missile Defence Program (NMD).
  • Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (Federation of American Scientists - FAS).

    Section 5: Global trade, markets, and democracy

    Held, chap. 3, pp. 149-188.
    Hoffmann, chap. 8, pp. 123-138.


  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
  • CARICOM (Caribbean Community).
  • European Central Bank.
  • International Labour Organization.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
  • World Bank.
  • World Trade Organization (WTO).

    Section 6: Global finance and the myth of the nation

    Held, chap. 4, pp. 189-235.
    Hoffmann, chaps. 9-10, pp. 139-151.


  • Bourse de Paris.
  • Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • London Stock Exchange.
  • Moscow Central Stock Exchange.
  • National Stock Exchange of India.
  • New York Stock Exchange.
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    Section 7: Migration and protecting the unprotected

    Held, chap. 6, pp. 283-326.
    Hoffmann, chaps. 11-12, pp. 235-262.


  • INCORE guide to Internet sources on Human Rights.
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
  • International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR).
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

    Section 8: Cultural globalization and realism

    Held, chap. 7, pp. 327-375.
    Michael Krenn, "'Unfinished Business': Segregation and US Diplomacy at the 1958 World's Fair", in Michael Krenn (ed.), Impact of Race on US Foreign Policy: A Reader, Garland Pub., 1999, pp. 265-286. On reserve in library.


  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Adopted and opened for signature and ratification by General Assembly resolution 2106 (XX) of 21 December 1965.
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 34/180 of 18 December 1979.
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child, Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989.
  • Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, Approved by General Assembly resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949, entry into force 25 July 1951, in accordance with article 24.
  • Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 36/55 of 25 November 1981.
  • Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 39/46 of 10 December 1984, entry into force 26 June 1987, in accordance with article 27 (1).

    Section 9: Modernity, nationalism and "civilization"

    Hoffmann, chaps. 13-14, pp. 189-221.
    Robert Rydell, "The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Saint Louis, 1904: 'The Coronation of Civilization", in Krenn, pp. 124-162. On reserve in library.


  • The African-American Mosaic Exhibition, (Library of Congress).
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789.
  • US Bill of Rights.
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.
  • [European] Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 213 U.N.T.S. 222, entered into force Sept. 3, 1953, as amended by Protocols Nos 3, 5, and 8 which entered into force on 21 September 1970, 20 December 1971 and 1 January 1990 respectively.

    Section 10: Ethnic conflict and intervention

    Hoffmann, chaps. 15-16, pp. 222-242.
    Thomas Hietala, "Continentalism and the Color Line", in Krenn, pp. 48-88. On reserve in library.


  • Ethnologue.
  • European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (University of Utrecht).
  • European Migration Centre / Europaisches Migrations Zentrum (Free University of Berlin).
  • European Roma Rights Center.

    Section 11: Nationalism and liberal internationalism

    Hoffmann, chaps. 17-18, pp. 243-262. Thomas Gossett, "Imperialism and the Anglo-Saxon", in Krenn, pp. 90-122. On reserve in library. Robert Rydell, "Human Rights in History: Diplomacy and Racial Equality at the Paris Peace Conference", in Krenn, pp. 163-184. On reserve in library.


  • Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Approved and proposed for signature and ratification or accession by General Assembly resolution 260 A (III) of 9 December 1948, entry into force 12 January 1951, in accordance with article XIII.
  • UN Division for the Advancement of Women.

    Section 12: Conclusion

    Held, Conclusion, pp. 414-452.

  • Final exam : Monday, April 16, 2001, 8h30.



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    Questions? Please contact Michael Dartnell at: mdartne@uwindsor.ca.